Thrift Store Finds to Stock Up Your Cabin and Airbnb

Thrift stores can be a treasure trove of unique and affordable items to stock up your cabin or Airbnb. When you have a second vacation home, or a home you open up to the public, you don’t want to spend large amounts of money on furnishings and household items to stock up your property. There’s a possibility that these things will get damaged, stolen, etc. The good thing is that you don’t have to seek perfection and you can let small imperfections go when shopping second hand for cabin furnishings.

Thrift Store Finds Add Character and Functionality to Your Space


Look for sturdy, well-made furniture pieces such as vintage dressers, tables, chairs, and shelves. Furniture can be refinished or repainted to suit your cabin’s aesthetic.


Thrift stores often have a variety of kitchen items like pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and utensils. You can find vintage or mismatched pieces that can give your cabin a charming and eclectic vibe.

Having a fun collection of winter and holiday themed mugs is especially welcoming for a winter cabin. Most people will need their dose of morning coffee or tea, and then of course hot chocolate and apple cider are must haves for movie and game nights.

Linens and Textiles

Check out the linens section for bedsheets, blankets, towels, and curtains. You may find high-quality items at a fraction of the price compared to buying them new.

Decorative Home Items

Thrift stores are excellent for finding unique and interesting decor items. Look for vintage artwork, framed posters, antique clocks, and decorative items like vases, candle holders, or figurines. These pieces can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

For those specifically looking for cabin decor, candles can really create a hygge atmosphere during the cold winter season. Relaxing with the twinkling lights glowing under a blanket is such a great vacation vibe. If you don’t like the idea of an open flame, you can use flameless candles which work just as well.


Don’t overlook the lighting section. You can find vintage lamps, chandeliers, or unique light fixtures that can become statement pieces in your cabin or Airbnb. Make sure to check the electrical components to ensure they are safe and functional.

Books, Puzzles and Board Games

Stock up on a variety of books, puzzles and board games for your guests’ entertainment. Look for classic novels, coffee table books, or popular board games that can give your family or guests plenty to do during downtime. These will especially come in handy if your home is located in a remote and rural area where internet and entertainment is unpredictable or scarce.

Best Board Games to Find at Goodwill for a Cabin or Airbnb

  • Scrabble
  • Clue
  • Jenga
  • Monopoly
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Life
  • Candyland
  • Trivia games – We have the FRIENDS trivia game because we are big fans.
  • Puzzles

*Note when shopping for games and puzzles at the thrift store – Make sure to check and make sure all the necessary pieces are in the box.

Outdoor Gear

If your cabin has outdoor space, thrift stores often have a selection of outdoor gear like camping equipment, lawn furniture, or beach supplies. If your home is located somewhere that experiences snow in the winter, you can save a bundle on snow sleds and snow gear. These normally very expensive items can be great additions for guests who want to explore the surrounding nature.

Remember to thoroughly inspect items for any damage or signs of wear before purchasing them. Clean and sanitize your thrift store finds before using them in your cabin or Airbnb. With a little creativity and a keen eye, you can find fantastic thrift store treasures that enhance the charm and functionality of your space without breaking the bank.

Advantages to Using Thrift Store Items for a Vacation Home or Airbnb

Thrift Store Shopping is Cost-Effective

Thrift store items are generally much cheaper compared to buying brand new items. This is particularly beneficial when setting up a vacation home or Airbnb, as you may need to furnish and decorate multiple rooms. Thrift store finds allow you to stretch your budget further and invest in other aspects of your property or business.

Unique and Eclectic Style

Thrift stores often have a wide variety of items from different eras and styles. This allows you to create a unique and eclectic ambiance in your vacation home or Airbnb. You can mix and match different pieces to create a personalized and inviting space that stands out from generic and mass-produced decor. Vintage furniture, retro appliances, and antique decor items can create a nostalgic atmosphere and make your space feel more inviting and memorable.


Opting for thrift store items aligns with sustainable practices. By giving these items a second life, you reduce the demand for new production and minimize waste. Thrift shopping promotes recycling and reduces the environmental impact associated with manufacturing new products.

Flexibility and Experimentation

Since thrift store items are generally affordable, they allow you to be more experimental with your decor choices. You can try out different styles, colors, and textures without a significant financial commitment. This flexibility enables you to adapt and update the look of your vacation home or Airbnb more easily based on guest preferences or changing trends.

Supporting Local Communities

Thrift stores often operate as nonprofits or charitable organizations, and purchasing items from them supports local communities. By buying from thrift stores, you contribute to their mission and help fund various social initiatives or support those in need.

Thrifting Tips from a Pro Thrifter

Buying Puzzles from Goodwill

When you’re shopping for puzzles second hand in a thrift store, I usually try to find puzzles brand new with the packaging still sealed. This is the only way to know if all the pieces are still inside the box. Otherwise you could find yourself very frustrated trying to finish an impossible puzzle.

Tips for Buying Board Games at Goodwill

Visit regularly

Goodwill stores receive new inventory regularly, so it’s a good idea to visit your local store frequently to increase your chances of finding board games. Different stores may have different selection and availability, so you might want to check multiple locations if possible.

Inspect the Games

Before purchasing a board game, carefully inspect it for any missing pieces, damage, or excessive wear. Open the box if you can to ensure all the components are present.

Be Open to Surprises

Thrift store shopping is all about the thrill of the hunt. While you may have specific games in mind, be open to discovering unexpected titles or older games that you may not be familiar with. This can lead to delightful surprises and unique additions to your collection.

Shopping Trivia Games at Goodwill

Finding a trivia game to your favorite TV show at the thrift store is always an amazing find. It’s a particularly fun bonding experience with friends and family who also love to watch the same shows. I have found both the Seinfeld Trivia Game the FRIENDS Trivia Game. Have a glass or wine or cocktails and let the games begin!


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